K-12 Education Series

Since the formalization of the K-12 education series in 2011, Opening Nights has provided free arts experiences to over 2,000 K-12 students annually in Leon County.

K-12 educational programing is sponsored in part by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, Walmart, and the Council on Culture & Arts for Tallahassee and Leon County.

Please read about our 2016-2017 initiatives below.

The John F. Kennedy Center Partners In Education

Opening Nights and Leon County Schools continue to collaborate to bring the John F. Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program to Leon County. The partnership provides free professional development in arts integration that helps teachers meet the needs of diverse learners, increase arts education in schools, and ensure student success.

Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.

Throughout the 2016-2017 School Year, we are presenting professional development workshops led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artists that explore strategies for integrating drama, music, visual art, creative writing, and dance into teaching all subjects. These workshops were developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and are free to all Leon County Schools teachers.


WORKSHOP 1 – Glenis Redmond: Poetry Off The Page

August 3 – 4, 2016

Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts

Focus: Grades 1 – 5


WORKSHOP 2 – Glenis Redmond: Poetry Off The Page

June 12, 2017

Raa Middle School

Focus: Grades 6 – 8


WORKSHOP 3 – Glenis Redmond: Poetry Off The Page

June 13, 2017

Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts

Focus: Grades 1 – 5


About Glenis Redmond

Glenis Redmond is an award-winning performance poet, praise poet, educator, and writer from North Carolina. For the past thirteen years, she has traveled both domestically and abroad carrying the message of poetry to the masses. She has been published in Meridians, Heartstone, Black Arts Quarterly, Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review, Emrys Journal, Bum Rush the Page: Def Poetry Jam, and Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance. Her work will appear in the upcoming Fem Spec and Appalachian Heritage Journals. Redmond was a recipient of a Vermont Writing Center Fellowship granted by the William Matthews Estate in 2002. She has most recently won the North Carolina Literary Fellowship (2005).

About Poetry Off The Page
This two-part workshop is based on the belief that poetry, in addition to being written and read, should be performed. In session one, teachers learn ways to help students use brainstorming, imagery, and layering to write powerful and effective poems. Clear and easy poetic structures and formats empower students to expand their imaginations and to cross creative boundaries. In session two, participants examine ways to involve students in memorizing and performing their poems to further communicate the written word with appropriate voice projection, physical stance, and gesture.


Leon County Schools
Apalachee Tapestry: Magnet School of the Arts
Respect for Academics and the Arts


Monday 10/17 – Friday 10/21 | North Florida School Tour

Mipso presented residencies and performances for one week at schools throughout Leon County and the surrounding area. Band members: Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals). “There’s no banjo, no twang, no high tenor, and no bluegrass overdrive. Instead, there’s a front-porch sweetness to their sound, a thoughtfulness that makes every note count.” – Acoustic Guitar

Click here to flip through our photo album from Mipso’s stops at the School of Arts & Sciences and Rickards High School. 

To learn more about K-12 initiatives contact Calla MacNamara at cmacnamara@fsu.edu.